May 5, 2021

4 killed when private plane crashes into Hattiesburg home

Therese Apel

Four people are dead after a civilian plane crashed into a home in Hattiesburg late last night.

A release from Hattiesburg Police Department and Hattiesburg Fire Department states that the crash took place around 11:20 p.m. in the area of Annie Christie Drive.

According to HPD, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on their way to Hattiesburg to handle the investigation.

Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict confirmed that the man who was killed inside his home was Gerry Standley, 55. In addition, he said the pilot, 67-year-old Louis Provenza, was killed in the crash along with 23-year-old Anna Calhoun and 2-year-old Harper Provenza.

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett said in a statement that the people on the plane were headed to a family member’s graduation at USM.

“My heart breaks for our student and her family, and for our community members and their family,” he said. “The University extends our deepest condolences and our thoughts and prayers to all those who are affected by this tragedy during this time of great loss.”

Bennett said Student Counseling Services is available to support members of the USM community.

A portion of Annie Christie Drive is closed to all traffic from Evans Street down to Collins Street.

HPD is asking that anyone who might find any debris or wreckage that is possibly connected to the crash not touch or remove it. Instead, said Public Information Officer Ryan Moore, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department at 601-467-7556.

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